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Seattle Art Museum

100 University Street, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
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Ranked #45 of 213 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Description: This post-modern structure houses an impressive and eclectic collection.
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Shepherd, Montana
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175 reviews 175 reviews
77 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed exploring this art museum. We were able to get a nice look at the Pop Departures a special exhibit they have on the second floor right now at the museum. They have a beautiful collection of American Art Masterpieces, and the City Dwellers Contemporary Art from India was absolutely intriguing. The museum itself is not that large... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Their were so many displays of art from various parts of the world. I especially enjoyed the art from India display. Also the restaurant attached to the museum serves organic food that tastes great and is reasonably priced.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Outstanding exhibit of art from 1960 to today. The art on display is delightful, but easterners accustomed to museums with much larger collections will be left hungry for more on view than they get. Exhibit rooms are large and often not divided into smaller spaces. Gift shop hidden and hard to find.

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
51 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

A large and well laid out spacious museum, a wide international collection of cultures is housed here. Particularly notable are the indigenous native Indian collections of masks, headwear and artefacts. A worthwhile all round experience.

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Northern California
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138 reviews 138 reviews
44 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

SAM is an important resource for its region. The 20 year old downtown building is itself an important work of art. Spaces are excellently done so that special exhibitions can be well handled. Of note (for us) were the NW glass collection and the contemporary Australian aborigine paintings. The American and European collections you can ignore if you visit other... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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153 reviews 153 reviews
99 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I was very disappointed when I arrived and saw the prices. I paid nearly $20 and that was with the student discount. I hoped it wouldn't disappoint and for the most part it didn't but still wish it had been less money. I saw the POP Art Exhibit which was a fun time, and very interesting. They also have a... More

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7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Beautiful representation of all types of art! We enjoyed the POP art exhibit while listening to some great jazz in the lobby! Good times in Seattle!

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Denver, Colorado
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I was impressed that the Museum has collections covering all major cultural groups on the planet, with serious attention to all. I was also impressed with classic work I had not seen elsewhere -- e.g. a 1947 Pollack, a gorgeous Bierstadt of Peugot Sound. Other than temporary exhibits, they are generous in letting you take photos (without flash). The location... More

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Fremont, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a nice, big museum that had different exhibits going on. My favorites were both the Japanese and Native American ones. It was impressive seeing the Japanese pottery from earlier centuries. It just so happen that it was Smithsonian Museum Day so we planned this while on our visit to Seattle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

For arts old, new, traditional and modern take time to visit the Seattle Art Museum. I am not a stuffy art loving person myself and found that there was something for everyone.

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